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Grimes has just given her first interview in years to The Wall Street Journal, shortly after announcing her fifth album Miss_Anthrop0cene. Speaking to Ryan Bradley, she makes known her plans to retire her Grimes moniker. “I think I’ll kill ‘Grimes’ soon,” she says. “It will be a public execution followed by—by something else. I shouldn’t say yet.” She continues, “I’m super bound by the limits I’ve set for myself [with Grimes]. It would be easier for me if I wasn’t stuck with the branding I made in 2009, you know?”

Last week, Grimes released a demo called “Pretty Dark,” and explained in the YouTube video’s description that she wants to make music and accompanying AR “sub-members” within Grimes under different names that she feels doesn’t fit the moniker.

When Elon Musk‘s name was mentioned during the interview, the woman formerly known as Claire Boucher, who now goes by c, “nearly collapses on the floor in a long, pained groan.”

“Don’t tell him I groaned just now,” she says. “I groaned out of, I don’t know, feminism. I mean, he’s a super-interesting goddamn person.” Then she stops. Up to this point, conversation has raced at a speed-of-light clip. Now there are vast pauses, chasms of ellipses while she talks around an entire aspect of her life she seems to still be figuring out how to navigate. (Musk says via email, “I love c’s wild fae artistic creativity and hyper intense work ethic.”)

The pair made their relationship public at the 2018 Met Gala, and a few months later were involved in beef with Azealia Banks.

Read the full interview via The Wall Street Journal here.

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